Christmas In Casco Viejo, Panama

Children’s Christmas In Casco Viejo

Dec. 25, 2011, Stowe, Vermont: The children of l'Ecole Paul Gauguin in Panama City, Panama, celebrated Christmas with a concert in the 300-year-old Teatro Anita Villalaz in the center of Casco Viejo's Plaza de Francia.

Also This Week: Christmas In Cuenca--Celebrating El Pase del Niño Viajero...Caribbean Christmas...Settling In...Why Costa Rica May Become One Of The Least Attractive Retirement Choices In The World... 

Dear Overseas Opportunity Letter Reader,

A few nights before we departed Panama for our holiday visit here in the States, we assembled in Casco Viejo for Jackson's Christmas spectacle.

Our son Jack, 12, attends the French school in Panama City. L'Ecole Paul Gauguin is a small school, with about 200 students in total, many, surprising to me at first, Panamanian. Why would a Panamanian family, living in Panama City, choose to send their children to a French-language, French-curriculum school? I still don't know the answer to that question, but the result, for us, is charming.

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How To Buy Property Overseas

How To Close On A Foreign Property Purchase

Dec. 23, 2011, Stowe, Vermont: When making a property purchase in a foreign country, it’s critically important to do a walkthrough and to make a punch list before closing on the purchase.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

A couple of friends have taken possession of new-construction apartments recently, both in Panama.

Actually, they haven't taken possession quite yet. The developer in each case has informed them that the apartment in each case is ready to be turned over, meaning it's time for the buyer to close.

But both these friends have been around enough to know not to take a developer at his word.

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El Pase del Niño Viajero, Ecuador

Christmas In Cuenca—Celebrating El Pase del Niño Viajero

Dec. 22, 2011, Cuenca, Ecuador: The El Pase del Niño Viajero in Cuenca, Ecuador, is a unique and charming annual Christmas tradition in Cuenca, Ecuador. Once you witness it, you’ll carry the memory of El Pase del Niño Viajero with you.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"Every morning in Cuenca, Ecuador" writes Latin America Correspondent Lee Harrison, "the sunrise backlights the jagged Andean peaks and church steeples, casting its glow over the sea of clay-tile roofs.

"But on the morning of Christmas Eve in Cuenca, it also lights up an impressive scene that comes but once a year.

"On this day, thousands of Ecuadorians come to Cuenca from all over the country to celebrate a procession known as El Pase del Niño Viajero, loosely, 'the passage of the child.'

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Christmas On Ambergris Caye, Belize

Caribbean Christmas

Dec. 21, 2011, Ambergris Caye, Belize: Christmas on Ambergris Caye, Belize, is a delightful blend of Christmas traditions from 10 different ethnic groups and the growing community of expats living and retired on Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

"For those of us who grew up in snow country, it seems odd to be walking around in T-shirts and flip flops on Christmas Day," writes Belize Correspondent Ann Kuffner.

"But, having lived here on Ambergris Caye for five years now, I've come to appreciate that Belize offers a unique collection of blended Christmas traditions. Home to more than 10 different ethnic groups, this country boasts the most multicultural holiday celebrations I can imagine.

"First and foremost, Christmas in Belize is about spending quality time with family and friends. Government offices, banks, and most non-tourism-oriented businesses shut down for the week surrounding Christmas Day.

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How To Arrange For Utilities

Settling In

Dec. 20, 2011, Panama City, Panama: Once you’ve chosen where you want to retire overseas, the hard work of establishing a new life in retirement overseas begins.

Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,

Day by day, in these dispatches, I introduce you to your best options worldwide for living better and retiring well, hoping to help you make a choice.

But what happens when you do? Decide to retire to Las Tablas, Panama...Mendoza, Argentina...Languedoc, France...County Kerry, Ireland...or Penang, Malaysia...and then what?

The truth? In some ways, having done the hard work of determining where you'd like to launch your new life, the real work has only just begun. Because the getting-settled administration wherever you decide to build your new life overseas won't be insignificant...and it won't come without challenges and frustrations.

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Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen Peddicord is the founder of the Live and Invest Overseas publishing group. With more than 25 years experience covering this beat, Kathleen reports daily on current opportunities for living, retiring, and investing overseas in her free e-letter.

Her book, How To Retire Overseas—Everything You Need To Know To Live Well Abroad For Less, was recently released by Penguin Books.

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